Often my clients ask me what is cupping and what does it treat?
Cupping is a technique used by acupuncturist where a glass cup or bamboo cup is heated inside and then quickly placed on the skin.
As the air inside the cup cools, a vacuum is created and then draws and sucks up the skin. The cups are left on for 10-20 minutes then removed with a gently rub where the cups was placed.
To the patient it literally feels like a gentle vacuum cleaner is sucking up the skin. This technique is used in other cultures including the ancient Greeks and Egyptians have used cupping.
Reason for cupping?
The reason for the use of cupping in traditional Chinese medicine is to improve circulation of both energy (qi) and blood. It can also improve lymph circulation. After the cup has been applied, there are large almost black to purple circular marks left and they last up to a week, this confirms the area has deep seated Blood Stagnation. The acupuncturist would then use additional acupuncture points specific to addressing Blood Stasis and helps promote circulation during injury recovery to the area.
Cupping is also used for other conditions
Cupping is generally recommended for the treatment of pain.
Muscle tension and spasm
Tense neck and shoulder muscle
Colds and flu
Lung diseases (especially chronic cough and asthma)
Activate and clear the veins improve the appearance of varicose veins.
Oil is first applied to area usually the back area or fleshy skin. Once the suction has occurred, the cups can be gently moved across the skin The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage – rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation no pain should be felt.
We recommend to have once a month or each 6 weeks as a preventative for back and shoulder tension and stress reduction.
Turning Point Acupuncture
22 Stewart Road ASHGROVE
PHONE: 3366 7566